Create an "Alphabet Parking Lot" With Our Play Rug!
Why not use your Funfield City Play Rug for some fun play based learning about alphabet letters? Engaging your kids in letter work isn't always easy, but this activity will get even the most reluctant of learners 'broom-brooming' their way through the alphabet!
- Creative QT Fun Field City 51" Round Play Rug
- Road tape (we got ours from Walmart)
- Letter cards (we chopped up long alphabet strips from Target, but you could always just write out the letters on card)
- Toy cars
- Small car alphabet stickers (we wrote ours on bright yellow label stickers using black marker)
The picture above gives you an example of how the activity can be set up using the rug, road tape and cars with alphabet stickers. You can vary the set up of this activity depending on the age of your child. For younger children, help them out by parking some of the cars in the correct spaces already. This way you can model the activity in the hope that your child will want to join in. For older children, place the cars on the play rug, leaving all 26 parking spaces empty and ready to be filled. As an added challenge, write lowercase letters on the car stickers which have to be matched to their corresponding uppercase parking space letters.
The objective of this activity is to encourage children to match the car letters with the parking space letters. Kids will enjoy driving the cars around the play rug city so try not to rush this aspect of the activity. Here at Creative QT we understand the time constraints of parenting. Sometimes it can be frustrating if you feel that your child is not achieving the 'purpose' of the activity. Try to remember that even if they are not parking the cars in the correct spaces, they are being exposed to the letters. For this reason, repeat the letters verbally as often as possible. You could even point out letters on the play rug signs and match them to cars on the roads as they drive past.
This is such a great example of a play based learning activity where you can engage your child through productive use of their toys. Try to remember to work with their passions as this will heighten their motivation to take part. Happy 'broom-brooming'!!
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